You’ll love how this broken and worn antique rocking chair was restored with a new finish and contemporary upholstery. It’s a must-see transformation!
Hello Kenarry readers! I’m so happy to be joining you here today to share a recent antique rocking chair restoration project that I just love! I’m Stacy, and I blog over at Anastasia Vintage, where my husband and I share furniture makeovers, vintage-inspired crafts, and ideas for adding vintage style to your space.
One of our local clients purchased this antique platform rocking chair a few months ago. As you can see, to say it was in rough shape is a bit of an understatement. It was essentially falling apart, and she was on the verge of selling or giving it away.
Even with its rough appearance, when she asked if I saw any potential in it, I gave her a very enthusiastic YES! I’m sure she and I were the only two people on earth who thought it could be something really special with a bit of work. And by “a bit of work,” I mean a complete overhaul!
I’m always amazed by what I uncover when I start peeling back the layers of an old piece. Under the seat fabric, this chair featured a very impressive web of at least four different types of cables. My client and I both got a good laugh – Spiderman would have been very proud of this handiwork, I’m sure.
It took quite a lot of elbow grease, a box cutter, and some heavy-duty garden shears…but eventually I got them off!
After stripping the old finish from the wood, I restained the entire frame in a lovely warm shade of gel stain – you can find the tutorial I used here.
Next, it was time to tackle rebuilding the seat and back of the chair. To replace the network of ropes and cables, I used upholstery webbing to construct a foundation for the seat.
One of the biggest issues my client had with the old seat was that it was much too low. To fix this, I built a higher seat, as well as a cushioned back for the chair, with some high-density foam and batting.
My client loved the idea of using complementary fabrics for the seat and back, and chose to pair a gorgeous, earthy tapestry with a clean, black woven cotton. I secured the upholstery to the chair frame with bronze-colored upholstery tacks.
It was a true labor of love, but I could not have been more pleased with the outcome!
The color of the stain, the fabric, and the upholstery tacks all work so well together!
When we delivered it to our client, she could hardly believe it was the same chair she’d purchased all those weeks ago. After taking photos to send to her friends, she packed it up and took it to her lake house the very next day.
It makes my heart so happy to see another vintage gem saved from the landfill!
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